Aromaleigh Gossamer Variable Coverage Mineral Foundation

There are a few reasons why I stick with powder mineral foundation, even though I know it’s not advised for women over  40.
First, I’m really oily. Whatever primer, finishing powder, skin care, whatever I use, my skin is oily, and foundation just does.not stay on. I have to reapply once or twice a day. With a powder compact, liquid foundation, or anything other than loose minerals, I think it’s kind of messy and gross.

Second, I have yellow undertones. There are few drugstore or department store foundations that are truly yellow. Maybe Prescriptives or Bobbi Brown, but I couldn’t ever get a great match there with the coverage I really want.

Third, and related to that last point – I feel like I need a lot of coverage. With loose minerals, I can control the coverage by adding layers when/as I need them, either the first time I apply it, or as the day goes on.

And finally (also related to the second point) if I can’t get a good color match, that’s not a big deal with loose minerals because I can mix up a color the way I want it to look. The way *I* want it to look, not the way some pushy sales person thinks it should. But I digress.

Anyway, that brings me to my current foundation – Gossamer formula from Aromaleigh. From the website:

Gossamer is ideal for all skintypes, and is our most popular mineral foundation formula. You can apply it with a fluffy brush for light coverage, or achieve a more moderate coverage by applying it with a kabuki brush or a flocked sponge.

It is finely milled and silky and contains Zinc Oxide, for full spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Gossamer also utilizes advanced light-dispersing and skin-smoothing pigment technology.

GOSSAMER looks just like you’d expect any mineral foundation to appear- a fine, loose powder… however, when you begin to apply it, you begin to feel a smooth, silky feeling on your skin… application is effortless… the powder melds with your own skintone yielding the appearance of perfection. It’s “Your Skin… Only Better”.

This is quality stuff. I fretted when Lumiere went out of business and I ran out of my beloved Cashmere foundation, but I needn’t have worried. Aromaleigh Gossamer is gorgeous, smooth, and gives me the coverage I really need. Bonus! There’s a bit of a shimmer in the foundation, so it’s not completely matte (the reason that women my age aren’t really supposed to wear powdered foundations). The glowiness with this foundation is perfect – my face isn’t flat matte, but it’s not shiny, either.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

I really like the coloring/numbering system that Aromaleigh uses for its foundation – simple and straightforward. I’ve got yellow undertones, so I’m a Y. I’m light-complected, so I want Light. Easy peasy.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

Except, Aromaleigh’s light is a bit too light for me. But – look above for Reason #4 why I buy loose minerals – that’s not a big deal. I just buy the medium shade and mix with the light!

As much as I love Lucy Minerals finishing powder, I’m tempted by Aromaleigh’s. The Luminesce Divine powder looks lovely and I think I need more glow! Or, I could try the Dewdrop foundation formula…or mix some of the Dewdrop foundation formula with Gossamer…

Aromaleigh is available online only, but you can order samples to find your perfect foundation match for $2.25. A full-size jar goes for $35 and lasts me about 4 months with 2-3 fully applications a day.

What foundation are you using these days?


Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine

I recently received this incredible goody bag in the mail from Neutrogena.

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

It was a collection of gym essentials – a headband, 1-lb weights, a cute pink string bag, facial wipes, and a post-workout body wash to combat bacne (back acne).

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

The Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash is my favorite item in the goody bag. If you’ve been reading the blog for any time at all, you’ll know that I have been waged in a multi-decade war against acne. I don’t just have it on my face and back (like this body wash is designed to combat), but on my chest, too. But! The salicylic acid in this body wash has really helped tone it down. The body wash has a refreshing citrus-y scent, and I haven’t noticed that my skin is any drier because of it, just smoother and clearer.
Thank you, Neutrogena! I didn’t even know that specialty body washes for torso zits existed, but now that I’ve tried it, I’ll never go without such a product again!

What products do you use in the battle against acne?


My Current Skincare Routine

I have a lifetime of experience with difficult skin. I had cystic acne from the age of 8 until I was 24, and now in my 40s I have melasma and occasional breakouts. But in the last couple of months, my skin has never looked better! People actually tell me that I have a nice complexion and are surprised to hear my age. I don’t think they’re blowing smoke up my you-know-what, so my current skincare routine is working a treat. Here’s what I’m using:

1. An old-fashioned Dove Beauty Cream Bar. I use this in the morning to wash my face and at night to wash off my makeup. Dove Beauty Cream Bar

2. Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Cleanser – I use this at night after I’ve washed my makeup off. I reviewed it here.
Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Cleanser

3. Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Scrub – I use this every morning in the shower. It’s not so abrasive that I can’t use it everyday, yet grainy enough to be effective.

Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Scrub

4. Makeup Artist’s Choice Mandelic Acid Toner – This has made a huge difference with my skin tone. The melasma on my cheeks has faded quite a bit. I reviewed it here.
Makeup Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid Toner

5. Lucy Minerals Ambrosia Serum – I still think it’s strange that I put oil on my face when I’m already oily, but heck, it works at keeping the wrinkles at bay.
Lucy Minerals Ambrosia Serum
6. Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Cream – I didn’t love it when I first got it, but then I started using it daily. I put this on my face right out of the shower, no moisturizer, no primer, just this. It’s not enough coverage for me on its own, but it’s fantastic as a base for my mineral makeup.
Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Cream

7. Shakeology – I have always resisted the idea that what you eat has an effect on your skin (because nothing I ate or didn’t eat made a difference with my cystic acne), but a daily dose of superfoods sure does make my skin look nice. The vegan Tropical Strawberry is my favorite flavor. Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry

What’s your current skincare routine?


Avon Skincare empties

Happy Friday! Here is a rundown of some Avon products I’ve used up recently.

Avon Elements Moisture Boost with SPF 15, Avon Elements Skin Revitalize Instant Radiance Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Avon Elements Moisture Boost with SPF 15 – Technically, this is 유씨’s empty. He carries it around with him and uses it on his arms and face when he goes out in the sun. I’m going to follow suit and toss a bottle my purse (we’ve got 4 of them because 유씨 doesn’t want to run out!). I wish it was a squeeze tube, not a pump, but what can you do.
Avon Elements Skin Revitalize Instant Radiance Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20: This is a great package. I wish all moisturizers came in these squeeze tubes. However, this is actually a tinted moisturizer which did not give me radiance; it turned me orange-y. It doesn’t actually state that it’s a tinted moisturizer anywhere on the website, and I’m not happy about it. Will not repurchase.

Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Night, Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Night and Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Meh. These did the job, but I don’t really like jars (squeeze tubes are more hygenic) and both of these lotions are scented. Now, it was a pretty scent, but I don’t really need perfume in my face creams.

Anew Rejuvenate Glycolic Facial Treatment

Anew Rejuvenate Glycolic Facial Treatment – I dug this out from my stash, but it did sweet fanny adams for me.

What a bummer of a post! 5 products and only 1 that I would repurchase. I guess they can’t all be winners.

What’s up for the weekend?



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Facial Fridays – Avon Foundations

Happy Friday! Today’s post is another entry in my Facial Fridays series. This category has been woefully neglected these last few months, but what can you do.

Here are some Avon foundations that I’ve been using lately:

Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream, Avon Ideal Flawless CC Cream, Avon Ideal Flawless Pressed Powder, Smooth Minerals Pressed Foundation

Ideal Flawless BB Cream in Light – Now, I know BB Cream purists are going to say that this is really just a tinted moisturizer. But, I’m okay with that because this is the only BB Cream I’ve tried that isn’t greasy or grey. This has SPF 15 and I usually wear this for races. Yes, I wear foundation for races, don’t judge. I set it with Lucy Minerals finishing powder and it seems to stay put until I sweat it all off. It’s kind of shiny dewy without the finishing powder. Coverage is just okay, but it’s not really supposed to be a high-coverage foundation. It’s got a smooth and thin-ish consistency so it’s easy to slap on and spread.
I don’t use moisturizer or primer when I wear this. I tried putting it over my moisturizer and it slid right off so now it goes on bare skin.
Avon claims that this will leave your skin looking better even after washing off, but I can’t say that’s the case for me. I would probably buy this again.

Ideal Flawless CC Cream in Light Medium– Yes, just another fancy tinted moisturizer. But it’s SPF 50 and the sun is blazing here in Los Angeles. I love that there’s an expiration date on this tube – I once had a Bad Experience with expired sunscreen so having this warning is fantastic.
The CC Cream is a little bit thicker than the BB Cream making it more foundation-y and I have to be a bit more careful blending it in. Coverage isn’t fantastic, but that’s not the point. Like with the BB Cream, I put it on bare skin.
Light Medium is the perfect match shade for me, which means it’s too dark. I like the floating head look, don’t judge. I would probably buy this again, although I do have a slight preference for the BB Cream (probably because of the shade).

Ideal Flawless Pressed Powder in Light Medium – It’s a standard pressed powder. I bought this because Avon was having one of those buy-one-get-one-half-off sales when I bought the CC Cream. It adds a bit more coverage to the CC Cream, but I don’t know if I would buy it again. Lucy Minerals is really my HG finishing powder so I don’t need anything else.

Smooth Minerals Pressed Foundation in Light Beige –  I wasn’t really too impressed with this, but I bought two because of one of Avon’s buy-one-get-one sales (see above). But! I recently went to the doctor for an annual physical, and the nurse taking my information noticed I hadn’t filled my Retin-A prescription in a couple  of years. “You don’t need it anymore,” she said. “Your skin is flawless,” she said. “Flawless” is not a word normally used to describe my skin. I don’t know why it looks so average in the mirror? I saw some photos of myself on Facebook when I was wearing this foundation and I did look smooth and even. I will definitely repurchase this.
The shade is a great match. I wear this over moisturizer and primer and apply with a flocked sponge. I don’t need a finishing powder for it and I can layer it nicely over my brown spots.

I don’t even go to the mailbox without at least a dusting of mineral foundation, so I almost went into panic mode when I realized that Lumiere Cosmetics disappeared. The Cashmere foundation was my HG! But I’m glad I have some other options now.

What’s your favorite foundation? Or are you one of those lucky people that doesn’t need it?


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